What is a pedestrian crossover?

A pedestrian crossover is a type of crossing that gives pedestrians the right-of-way. Pedestrian crossovers help make it safe for pedestrians to cross the street. It is the responsibility of pedestrians, drivers, and cyclists to be alert, know the rules of crossovers, and use them properly so that everyone can cross the street safely.

You can recognize a pedestrian crossover by:

  • “Ladder” or striped pavement markings in the crossing area
  • “Stop for pedestrians” signs
  • A yield line (white triangles that show drivers where to stop)
  • Flashing lights (in some cases)

Pedestrian Crossover Image

How do you use a pedestrian crossover?

Pedestrians

  • Push the button for the flashing lights (if there is one), or point to indicate you would like to cross.
  • Wait for all traffic to stop.
  • Make sure the driver sees you by making eye contact before crossing.
  • Cross the street when it is safe.

Drivers

  • Be prepared to stop when approaching a crossover!
  • If someone is waiting to cross the street, stop behind the yield line (white triangles).
  • Make eye contact with the pedestrian to make sure they see you.
  • Wait for the pedestrian to cross the street completely before proceeding.

Cyclists

  • If you are riding with traffic, follow the rules for drivers.
  • If you are crossing, get off your bike and walk your bike across the road. Follow the rules for pedestrians.

Fines and Penalties:

Failure to stop at a crossover when someone is waiting to cross can result in a fine of up to $500 and three demerit points.

For more information on rules, the difference between a crosswalk and a crossover, and fines visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation website.

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